Students 'let down' by the academic Luddites

Survey finds that academy is failing to capitalise on new technology. Sarah Cunnane reports Research from the US Department of Education suggests that students studying online tend to outperform those receiving face-to-face tuition; The Open University in the UK has topped 20 million downloads on iTunes U; and, worldwide, social media has overtaken pornography as the number one activity on the web. However, recent statistics from the US show that the academy may be failing Continue Reading →

Creating a Community in Blended Learning using the Talents of All? #iblc10

Barbara Lee & David Moxon Creating a Community of Practice in Blended Learning using the talents of all? How far does your CoP exist? Likelihood that Universities are at different stages with their community Certain things evolve May have a mix of lecturers that wish to see student uptake and those that wish to use as research Is tech there for ‘student support’ or is a ‘Community of Inquiry’ being created? Different technologies depending on Continue Reading →

Martin Oliver #iblc10

Martin Oliver London Knowledge Lab Setting Expectations for the Talk: Talk about ideas, not about how to do something specific – think differently about what you’re doing anyway. Roland Barthes Mythologies. Things presented as ‘common sense’/’natural’ and taken for granted… when they should be problematised more. The importance of myth. Norm Friesman – Not about destructing ideas, but about clearing the ground in order to be able to have different conversations. Can ‘Blended Learning’ be Continue Reading →

Live Feed from Calgary #iblc10

Norm Vaughan Not about add-on technology, but fundamental rethinking of approaches to learning – we’re really just adding tools on top of courses that are deficient and ending up with 1.5 courses, rather than a good course… Late 1990s was where the idea of campus-based online learning came from. Marti Cleveland-Innes Stuggled a bit with the denseness of this presentation – wasn’t just about the text size, found the debate a bit hard to follow.. Continue Reading →

DEBUT #iblc10

  Canterbury Christ Church: DEBUT 1 technologist available per 5 Faculties. Every new piece of software, staff needed training – wanted a new system where staff were CONFIDENT to experiment with new types of software. Allan Martin, DigEULit Project What is digital literacy? Not about the technology, about the culture – socially situated (what do you NEED? Different for different people). Ask staff to evaluate themselves: Awareness Confidence Evaluation Reflection Adaptability Initial year – HEA Continue Reading →

Facebook: Social or Learning Communities #iblc10

  Facebook: Social or Learning Communities Steve Woodward, Haydyn Blackey & Simon Jones   CELT (Centre for Excellence in Learning & Teaching) – a central unit   Existing literature (narrow, but growing interest, because students use it so much) Most relatively negative – we don’t want tutors poking their noses into our social space. (Jones, Blackey et al, 2009, p776) Few use it for educational tasks, so do we need to respect that student want Continue Reading →

Peter Bullen, Keynote (#iblc10)

 Notes just taken at keynote, Blended Learning Conference, University of Hertforshire.  Peter Bullen: Changing Practice – Reflections on the Blended Learning Unit Still fears every time using technology, help others to overcome these fears. What things are critical to the success of the BLU?   What was BLU built on? University Strategy – university committed itself to exploiting technology, in the classroom & online. Studynet (the VLE) – developed in house, personalised environment, works well, Continue Reading →

Recommended Reading for Blended Learning?

Below appears to be the list of texts that the University of Winchester has in its library in relation to Blended (or E-) Learning, and I would be interested to know what more up-to-date texts you have found useful? I’ll be back with more links… Banks, S. Lally, V. & McConnell, D. (2002) Collaborative E-Learning in Higher Education: Issues and Strategies, SPIE Publications Beetham, H. & Sharpe, R. (eds) (2007) Rethinking pedagogy for a digital Continue Reading →